JOHNNIE TO DIRECTS CHOW YUN-FAT IN HARD BOILED REMAKE
A sharp-eyed reader forwarded me the link to a story in Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s premiere tabloid-style newspaper (think the New York Post in Chinese) that claims Johnnie To will be directing Chow Yun-fat in the Hollywood remake of John Woo’s HARD BOILED.
Apparently, the remake rights have been purchased by a US company who signed Chow on to repeat his performance. They then tried to get John Woo on board to direct, but Woo declined saying that he didn’t want to remake his own movie. Chow then recommended that they contact Johnnie To who agreed to direct.
Although this is still at the “rumor” stage, apparently both To and Chow confirmed the story to Apple Daily with To saying that the story would be different from the original but that it would still be called HARD-BOILED. An American actor will play the Tony Leung Chiu-wai role. Production will begin in May 2007.
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What a surprise…
Johnny To Denies Rumor of Working with Chow Yun-Fat (MonkeyPeaches Exclusive) March 15, 2006
Hong Kong's Apple Daily yesterday reported that director Johnny To would work with Chow Yun-Fat in a Hollywood remake of John Woo classic Hard Boiled. However, according to today's edition of The Hong Kong Sun, this was
[b]simply not true[/b]
. According to the newspaper, ever since Johnny To made Fulltime Killer, many foreign producers had talked to him with various projects and an Hard Boiled remake had been one of them.
[b]Johnny To said he would like to work with Chow Yun-Fat but they had yet found the right one[/b]
. (Thanks to Maria Leung for the Apple Daily story.)